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. it was downgraded to a category 3. state leaders are still not taking chances. virginia will go into emergency mode to prepare for never the storm could bring. courtney robinson has more details from the satellite center. it's good it has been downgraded. >> it is. there's a hurricane watch in place in virginia on the coast. it has been almost 20 years since the hurricane had so much of the eastern seaboard in its sights. hurricane earl blew through the mile-per- with 135 - hour winds, leaving people without clean drinking water. it is expected to parallel the east coast, possibly present allen banks of north carolina. officials are preparing and many beachgoers are evacuating already. in ocean city, maryland to the town officials are preparing for the worst. lifeguards have rescued many swimmers from dangerous recurrence in the past few days. >> i never thought i would be in that position before. i was really scared. they got me alex. >> virginia is bracing as well, getting ready for a state of emergency. the current projections put it 200 miles off virginia beach. too close for comfort as it coul
way from 121 down towards the split. our next stop 66 headed eastbound in virginia. all clear, nice and green. you're moving at speed here through centreville and ending with a glance at 95 headed southbound. near the thornburg area we're getting word of some brush fires taking away some lanes for drivers right before route 3. you're definitely going to want to watch for crews. my advice, avoid this if you can. 95 and thornburg avoid it if you can. >>> hurricane earl is continuing to spin towards the east coast. it's forecast to at least graze north carolina's outer banks or more late thursday but virginia's governor isn't taking any chances. governor bob mcdonnell will declare an emergency later this morning. 9news now's kristin fisher has the latest. >> reporter: well current forecast put the eye of the storm hitting just about 200 miles east of virginia beach but governor bob mcdonnell is not taking any chances. he wants to go ahead and declare an emergency today just in case earl comes closer to making landfall so the national guard and state manual personnel have enough time to
and the springfield exit. looks good on 66 and 95 in virginia. 95 maryland, lingering goldwork, but it will not get anything to your travel. leaving the beltway and southbound into colombia, still getting the green light even with the lingering construction. no issues on the green lettuce, a total, 66, 270. back to you. >> thank you. >>> getting ready for hurricane earl, the category 4 is not expected to make landfall in the u.s., but state leaders are not taking chances. watches and warnings are in effect up and down the east coast. >> de virginia a's government will declare an emergency so that local agencies can be ready photograph happens. courtney robinson has the latest. >> many officials do not want residents or beach goers to be caught off guard, which is why we are seeing what is put into place. fema is deploying teams from the carolinas to main. north carolina does have a hurricane watch in place. virginia gov. bob mcdonnell will declare a state of emergency today. the hurricane greatest the caribbean islands, leaving damage, but no deaths or injuries. earl is over the open ocean now and
. >>> slow traffic on 95 in virginia northbound at the prince william parkway. we are going to see if there is any delay for news choppers 7. -- newschopper 7. baltimore washington parkway. leaving and going into laurel, it is nothing but volume. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story, a bracing for hurricane earl. an hour ago the storm was downgraded to a category three. if it is still on track to skirt the east coast. state leaders up and down the atlantic are not taking chances. today virginia will go into emergency mode to prepare for whatever it could bring. courtney robinson is live in a satellite center with more details. what is the latest? >> a hurricane watch is in place for n.c. and virginia coast. it has been almost 20 years since the hurricane had so much of the eastern seaboard in its sights. hurricane earl blue through the caribbean at 135 miles an hour, ves off andh roof leaving people without clean drinking water. it is expected to parallel the east coast, possibly pressing the outer banks of north carolina. officials are preparing. many beachgoers are evacua
from last night when most people went to bed, hurricane watch now issued for the virginia coastline in addition to most of the north carolina. got a map to show you. we'll take another quick look at earl. surf city, north carolina to paramour island, that is under a hurricane watch. the watch has been extended. don't be surprised if later today, it is not extended further north up into maryland, maybe new jersey, up into southern new england later this afternoon. 125miles per hour. that makes it a category three storm. it has lost a little steam overnight. still a very formidable, very powerful hurricane. so tracking off to the north and west at 16 miles per hour. it will be just off outer banks by overnight thursday into friday morning. so we'll see how things start to go downhill here over the next couple of days. for us, just a hot one. right now, we are in the 70s. 76 at reagan national. 70 in baltimore. 71 for you in ocean city. our forecast is easy. lots of sunshine. it will be hot this afternoon with highs back in the middle 90s. 95 intown. 96 in waldorf. 94, one of the coole
those yellowish areas, that's eight to ten inches southern maryland through eastern virginia and the eastern shore. tremendous rains ahead. if you can stay home today do i. devon lucie is in with me and will join us later. right now we throw it over to angie goff. >> getting worse. >> yes. yes. >> let's talk about the tieups we have been tracking since early on. avoid the flooded roadways. proceed with caution. any intersections that you are approaching this morning. this is a big tieup we have been watching all morning. not this plea immediate area. 70 eastbound is closed between the river bridge and 29 columbia pike. traffic is being diverted on to columbia pike and from there the way to get around this until 8 a.m. so pretty much throughout the morning rush is to take 840 or 99. move it outside to 270. things are filling out early. a good amount of volume around germantown road an then we will see more delays than usual given that heavy rain that we will be seeing throughout all morning. let's take you over to the maps again. chevy chase. this is another problem spot. a wa
to norfolk, virginia beach. passing the delmarva tomorrow. midday tomorrow, yeah, it will be rough through noon. after noon things will improve as the storm heads to massachusetts where they are under a hurricane warning for cape cod. an then the storm will be out of here quickly. the next 24 hours will be the worst around here. but the weekend will bring big changes once earl passes. i will have those details in a few minutes. thank you. >>> so far governor o'malley says it is unlikely that ocean city will have to be evacuated but the government is advising drivers not to drive to or from that area during the storm. scott broom has the latest on preparations that are occurring there. scott, what can you tell us? >> i'm outside of the emergency operations center in ocean city where there is a 1:00 briefing of officials. they are on the same page as governor o'malley. you can feel a little humidity building and a little breeze coming in from the east. that's a hint of the tropics and aahing of what's to come. as i said earlier, ocean city officials had talked to us and barring any big chang
under way in parts of north carolina. prep rigs are under way from delaware, maryland and virginia's beaches down the eastern seaboard. laura evans has the latest developments. >> reporter: hurricane earl pushing through the area with high winds slamming the dominican republic. all is calm along the u.s. mid- atlantic beaches but that is about to change. earl is already making himself known along the coast with very rough water. in ocean city, he is churning huge riptides. >> we have a heighten awareness and should it be necessary, we'll take protective mitigation effort, actions for the city as a whole. >> we'll adjust the swimming regulation as cordingly. we'll limit people going into the water up to knee deep. >> reporter: the vicious riptides have already prompted hundreds of rescues. the water looks calm buts that proven to be very dangerous. one woman may have been paralyzed by the injuries she suffered. >> you feel the current. >> it was pulling me. you could feel it pulling you back into the ocean. >> hopefully, we'll be safe and sound and people will able to come down to t
and a lot of frederick. 355 would be the late to go. 95 in virginia, roadworks southbound between newington and richmond, one lane open to the right until 5:00 a.m. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story, police searched through the night for explosives that they have been left behind by a gunman who took three people hostage at the discovery channel building. biba shot and killed by police. the hostages are safe. so many questions. the incident unfolded at discovery headquarters in downtown silver spring. courtney robinson is live with the latest developments. good morning. >> good morning. it is not clear if overnight officers discovered any more of these devices. a man who is now dead was well known at discovery, known as a longtime protester. he was upset over some of their programming. four hours, officers say this man, james j. lee, held three men hostage inside the building. it began around 0:00 yesterday afternoon when he walked into the lobby with a handgun and explosives in the form of canister is strapped to his body, carrying a backpack believed to be explosives. he fired
to maryland and virginia. a state of emergency is already in effect in both states. you can see why when you take a look at the winds out there. >> about >> the good new is it is dragging the worst of its energy away from us. we'll still get gusty winds along the beaches. >> this was a major hurricane yesterday. let's get to t i'll show you the satellite-radar. again, the eye never making landfall although it is brushing the coast of the carolinas up into southern maryland here and southeast maryland as we speak. rain bands as you can see, most impressive, very heavy rain. we've got wind gusts reported up to about 70 miles per hour earlier this morning in cape hatteras. i mentioned it is pushing off to the north and east. it is getting kind of stretched out now. you can see it getting dragged there to the north and east and away from the washington area. the cloud shield all the way back into western maryland and western virginia and that will kind of get pushed out too. so hang in there. we'll have a left cloud cover and even some light showers. but later this afternoon, here in the washing
. and then during the morning hours on friday, it will be east of virginia beach, perhaps right around 8:00 on friday morning. and then by noon time just east of ocean city, by 2:00 p.m. friday just off of cape may new jersey, and even though the center of circumstance hags will be off the coast, the tropical storm force winds will certainly be felt right along the atlantic beaches and then affecting new england. look at all the tropical storm watches and warnings that are up. this is a hurricane warning, this red zone around the outer banks from virginia beach all the way town through north carolina. farther to the north, this is a hurricane watch for our atlantic beaches along the shore of the -- from delaware all the way down through virginia shore line, that is a hurricane watch. and the likely effects from the storm, very wet ocean city on friday with tropical bands of heavy rain coming in. tropical storm force winds. for us this morning, we have temperatures around the region in the 70s. 77 in washington, and beef got a huge area of high pressure, so plenty of sunshine today. we'll
fine. nice quiet commute out of frederick past 121 to the split. our next stop moves us to virginia. 66 eastbound. everyone is fine this way. moving at speed. moving to the maps the beltway in virginia, drivers are okay from the wilson bridge past 95, past brad took to 66. 395 lanes are wide open past duke street to inside the beltway. finally we will call it a wrap in northeast dc. everyone is moving. there's just a few drivers out here on inbound new york avenue past bladensburg road. back to you. >>> we have a commuter alert for riders who take the red line to work. metro's tacoma, silver spring, forest glen, wheaton and glenmont are scheduled to reopen in 30 minutes. the stations were shut down during the holiday weekend so workers could replace track, rail switches and new tunnel safety lights. new heater tape was also installed to help rail conditions during the winter. >>> it's back to work this morning for discovery channel employees nearly a week after a deadly standoff. last wednesday, police say james lee walked in to the silver spring building and fired as by toll sparking t
this morning gov. bob mcdonnell declared a state of emergency in virginia. a hurricane warning was issued for the entire north carolina coast within the hour. evacuation's are underway there already. the storm has battered beaches in the caribbean already. we will get the latest on the storm track from adam caskey in a moment. first, courtney robinson has more on a last-minute preparations up and down the east coast. >> hurricane earl churns up the atlantic, residents in the carolinas are bracing for a whatever this massive storm will bring. >> time for the big one. >> hurricane watches are in place in north carolina and virginia. vacationers began to evacuate the outer banks this morning and others are stocking up. on on long island people are securing supplies to battle begins. on cape cod there taking notes out of the water and lodging for dangerous rip currents in ocean city that it already had lifeguards disease. >> it was scary. i never thought i would be in that position. i was scared. but they got me on it. >> emergency crews worry about this. 135 mile per marlihour winds. thousan
backups into tomorrow. the virginia state police say a tire on a tractor trailer blew out as that truck was traveling along the highway south of fredericksburg. it was near route 606. the tractor trailer ran into a guardrail and then hit several trees before it flipped over and burst into flames. the driver of that truck was killed. his identity has not yet been released. state police say the crash cleanup will continue tomorrow. >>> police in montgomery county went door to door tonight. they're passing out flyers after an elderly woman was sexually assaulted in a senior living facility. the attack happened a week and a half ago at the churchill senior living center in germantown. police say an 86-year-old woman was asleep in her bed when the man climbed through the window and assaulted her. just two months ago another woman was assaulted inside her ground floor apartment right across the street. police are not yet saying whether the two cases are related. >>> a woodbridge, virginia, man remains in jail after police say he took pictures of women's skirts at the potomac mills mall. polic
been extended to include the virginia coastline. the storm has weakened. but let's go to vipir. first a quick look at hurricane watch. surf city, north carolina to paramour island, virginia, under a hurricane watch. don't be surprised if this doesn't get extended up into new jersey this afternoon. now to vipir. let's take a look the at storm -- at the storm, maximum winds 125, gusts over 140 and charging off to the north and west at 16 miles per hour. likely to keep this intensity as it approaching the carolina coastline overnight thursday and into friday morning and then charge up the coast during the day on friday. so watch this carefully over the next couple of days. locally we're doing fine. today is going to be another hot, sunny day with afternoon high temperatures back into the 90s. currently we're 76 degrees at reagan national. humidity 65%. winds shifting later out of the south here at about 5 miles per hour. but all in all, not a bad day. 95 degrees the afternoon high with a lot of sunshine. one more hot afternoon and then we'll start a cooldown which will include 80s this w
a dangerous storm. and we have team fox coverage. steve harrigan in virginia beach. jonathan serrie in kill devil hills, north carolina. first to the chief meteorologist rick reichmuth in the fox extreme weather center. rick, have you been saying it's going to lessen in intensity and it has. >> yeah. take that right-hand turn which is also good news. all of our graphics located because this information comes out and take as second to get that going. this is a look at earl here. one other thing come out in the advisory to me is a little more interesting is calling the movement at 10 degrees instead of dew north. earlier 355 we were saying and dew north. slight easterly jog and that's what you want to see in the direction of this. so we still have a hurricane advisory going on. we have our warnings in effect in the north carolina, virginia border down towards bogue inlet. we will see likely hurricane wind gusts going through here and also winds coming out of the north. that is going to cause for overwash of those roads and this outer bank area. but, from the sound side, not necessarily from t
as it was a few hours ago. want to mention a hurricane watch has now been extended for the virginia coastline up to just south and east of ocean city. let's get to local weather. we are mild. 77degrees. humidity, 64%. winds are out of the south and west at five miles per hour. pressure down a little bit. this area of happen that has been giving us the heat starting to break down. winds will shift a little bit today. this will be the last day of extreme heat as we get into tomorrow and particularly friday. things will start to cool off a little bit as earl approaches here. one more hot afternoon. 95degrees. only a code orange air quality. that is a little better than yesterday. >> earl will cool things down for us toward the end of the week. >> the cool front will cool us down. more on that in a minute. >> okay. >> let's get a look at traffic with lauren demarco. >> right now, light volume helping us out. can you take a live look out there at 66 courtesy of trafficland as you head inbound. no problems through manassas approaching route 50 fair oaks. we have reports of a disabled vehicle blocking
to watch for it near falls road and that's going southbound. in virginia 66, overall okay on. coming out of manassas making your way inside the belt away. 395 heading northbound. no problem. drivers moving at a good pace. making their way past the duke exit. and before this we're tracking 95 and so far so good. we're still looking at about that one hour drive to get out of fredericksburg continuing towards the springfield interchange. back to you. >>> we've been talking about earl. from north carolina to maine residents up and down the east coast are being warned to keep a close eye on hurricane earl. the professional category 4 storm is barreling towards the u.s. packing 135 miles per hour winds. right now, forecasters say it has a chance of taking two very different paths. it could either make a direct its had or give the coast a blow. earl has already damaged homes on the carribean. several tourists have already decided to change their labor day plans. >> if it's going to come this way and if it makes landfall, yeah, we'll leave. >> i'm not going to come to the beach this weekend. it
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issued in maryland and nd virginia. we have ainthe latest on earl' track and live in ocean city as the resort towns prepare for the worst and the holiday ahead. ea >>> details on all of the stories coming up. thanks for being with us this thursday morning. rn i'm steve chenevey. >> and i'm eveyallison seymour. more now ymon today's top storyt one of the lasting scenes from yesterday's hostage situation at the discovery channel building will be concerned parents waiting to get their children who were being taken out akof the discovery kids day care inside of the building. ld all of those children were in safely reunited with their e parents. >> we'll go rentlive to the discovery channel building where there is still a police po presence this morning in a couple of minutes. nu >>> but first the latest on hurricane earl. the storm expected to reach the east thcoast late tonight and into tomorrow morning, but willi not likely make a direct hit. there is still concern that the core of the storm could shift closer to the coast. president coobama has already ordered federal agencies to
's arrival. but north carolina could be hit harder than virginia. jay gray has the latest on storm preparations from kill devil hills on the outer banks. >> reporter: calm seas can't hide the concern as hurricane earl, a major storm continues to close in on the east coast. >> from north carolina, to maine, any of these areas could be impacted and getting people to record they need recognize they need to get ready now. >> the current forecast track shows earl brushing the coast in the next couple of days. >> it doesn't have to make landfall to have very significant impact. >> reporter: north carolina's outer banks will likely be the first to feel the effects of earl. >> i think everybody is concerned. the locals are saying it is teasing us. so we're going to hang out and see what happens until they run us off the island, i guess we'll be all right. >> reporter: evacuations orders are already in effect on okracoke island. more are expected later today. as far north as massachusetts, many aren't waiting for orders, already pulling boats from the water and preparing to ride out the sto
. weak cold front came through the area, this one dry, and we need the rain. out of marylan virginia and west virginia maryland, in fact, doing probably the best of all of them until you get to the western portion of the ste. right now, eastern portions of west virginia extremely dry with a third of the state of virginia looking at severely dry onditions around. down through the northern neck and off to the west for parts of the shenandoah. and on up into the north and eastern with west virginia. temperature is at 80 degrees. humidity at 40%. it's been a little bezy. that breeze, while blowing around the ragweed, because the count today is high. it's at 35 grains per cubic mer. it's a little higher than what averages for this time year. temperature will drop to 67 degrees by 11:00 p.m. those clouds we have out there no we'll lose the cloud. the wind diminishes when the sun sets. tomorrow, 61 degrees. that will be a litt lower than we were this morning. look athe rainfall in maryland, 8900th of an inch. affor 28/100 of an inch of rain. our next chance, late late thursday nig into frid
'll have the latest at 5:00. >>> an ashburn virginia man has been charged in connection with six armed robries across fairfax and loudoun counties. they arrested 29-year-old shawn mabry at his moment yesterday. earlie this month, surveillance cameras captured the suspect using a knife to hole up a hair cuttery. police say mabry's crime spree started when he held up the cash and carry. in september they said he hit four salons including three hair utteries and a kfc/taco bell restaurant. he is still in jail with no bond. >>> we have some breaking news out of manassas, virginia, where firefighters are battling a three alarm blaze. this in the 8300 block of sumner lake. at least three town homes are going up in flame. it was initial lay two-alarm and it has been upgraded now again to three alarms. no word on anyone inside or any injuries. we'll bring you the latest later on. >>> a woman evicted from her northwest d.c. home is moving on after an outpouring of public support. eloisa diaz found her things put out on the street after lenny court battle over unpaid rent. she had so many thing
. >>> a virginia man is recovering from his injuries tonight after he was attacked and stabbed behind a daycare center in manassas. it happened at the canberry shopping center and that's where peggy fox joins us to tell us more about one of the young suspects under arrest in this attack. peggy. >> that's right. one of the suspects, a 15-year- old boy was caught right away. the other suspect is still on the loose tonight. police describe them as young, hispanic males. the victim is a 59-year-old man, he is a property assessor who is taking pictures behind the building this morning just trying to do his job. >> just as people were coming to work and just after children arrived at the daycare center right behind the playground, a man who was doing property assessment work and taking pictures was attacked in broad daylight. >> two assailants came up from behind him and demanded his camera and money. when he refused, they attacked him. >> two women saw the attack and started honking their horns. one called her coworker in the process. >> she yelled out to the guy, are you hurt? is everything oka
to the outer parts of cape cod. you can see the showers breaking up in the mountains of west virginia. that is a cool front that will be coming through. rainfall has not been all that much in ocean city. doug hill will join me in just a couple of minutes. here is how our headline shows up for the upcoming weekend. hurricane earl is moving none out. we will see much lower humidity coming our way. a delightful holiday weekend. i will tell you the details in a couple of minutes. >>> for the latest on hurricane earl any time, just log on to tbd.com. >>> a new jobs report out today shows unemployment is up a bit. the rate is now standing at 9.6%. that is higher than anybody wanted to be. rebecca cooper lives at -- joins us live from the studio. >> it shows the eight straight month in which the numbers of new private-sector jobs went up. that did not stop unemployment from going up this month. president obama is vowing a new approach. it was not by much, but the new unemployment numbers to go up just enough for the bad news to overshadow the good news. the total unemployment is now at 9.6%.
of water. earl's powerful gusts and driving rains are now being felt in southeastern virginia and moving up the coast. we have complete coverage of hurricane earl. ron mott in north carolina, weather channel's mike seidel on long island, new york, nbc's michelle franzen in cape cod, still wounding what is going to happen there. let's begin with nbc meteorologist bill karins come have been worse but still some problems, bill? >> yeah, tell you, we had a category 4 at this time yesterday and very fearful what was going to happen in the carolinas and eventually up in cape cod. the storm weakened a little bit more than expected yesterday afternoon and evening that set the stage for the damage that miner in the eastern carolinas much the storm is continuing to pass to the north-northeast, wait for the new advisory from the hurricane center, later than kip cal with it. 11:00 advisory, usually a couple minutes early. actually, we just heard just came in, now down to a category 1 intensity. the weakening trend has continued with this storm. that shouldn't be a big surprise. we haven't
from virginia beach. >> reporter: we're here where they're still plucking people out of the water from hurricane danielle and the rip currents and waves that that storm generated. hurricane watches are posted for this area and evacuations in some areas under way already. we'll have the latest forecast track on hurricane earl and the most news in the morning continues. >>> welcome back to the most news in the morning. storm preparations are under way right now all along the east coast with hurricane earl fast approaching. earl is passing near the turks and caicos islands this morning. it's just been downgraded to a category 3 hurricane with 125-mile-an-hour winds. still pretty fast. >> oh, yeah. north carolina is on notice because of earl. authorities have ordered tourists and people living there to leave the barrier islands. one of them is accessible only by ferry. also cape look outnational seashore. earl is on track to brush by the carolina coast by tomorrow night and the hurricane watch is up along the outer banks as well. >> fema is urging people to stock up on supplies and have an
want to olhear from you. >>> a virginia community is in mourning after a sudden death of a star high school football player. ot the senior was found ay unresponsive this morning and maureen umeh is live with the h story. >> reporter: there is a orgreate sense of love and -- loss and grief. austin wasgr well-known and welw liked. his kefather a school board member and tonight, family and friends are trying to understand what happened. everybody was crying and wantedt him back. >> reporter: austin bawas a as senior at brentsville district high school riwhere he played ay football and he was a running back and linebacker. the past game was friday night c when he rushed three times for three yards in the loss to handa limit melissa is a longtime friend and watched the game ga saying austin was injured. >> he got a concussion juthat we're aware of on friday. da >> uh-huh. >> me and humy two friends saw s him get hit and walk off funny.n >> reporter: prince william ll county police say he was found unresponse of at his him early r monday morning. an investinigation is underway. and erscho
but will likely stay offshore. a hurricane warning is in effect from north carolina to the virginia border. a hurricane watch from delaware and also includes martha's vineyard. kim brown is in kill devil island with more. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. earl picked up steam and it is tracking closer to the outer banks. about 50 miles off cape hatteras. that is where it is expected to pass. in the communities of -- south of here, there are those nonresident and they have until this morning to get out. kevin isn't sticking around for earl, even if it means cutting his labor day weekend short. >> better to be a little away. >> reporter: the monster hurricane could reach north carolina late tonight or early friday before rolling up the east coast. watches and warnings stretch all the way to cape cod, massachusetts. while earl is expected to stay offshore, as it makes its way north, a slight shift could put millions in harm's way. >> that's why it's important to take the time now while the skies are clear and weather is great to make sure you have a plan and you're ready just in
that to you, brian . >> preparations are underway from virginia, maryland and down the eastern seaboard beaches. laura evans is monitoring in the hurricane center tonight. >> reporter: let's take a look at some of the damage that's happened in saint thomas island. trees and power lines down all over the islands there. there's no cell phone service, electricity, running water, and curfews are in effect right now. with the clean-up there, hurricane earl is headed to the east coast as you heard sue say. the damage is not expected to be anywhere what it was in saint thomas but it's bringing dangerous conditions to the del marba beaches. hurricane earl pushing through the caribbean with high winds and fierce waves slamming the coast of the dominican republic. at least 200 people have been evacuated. meanwhile, all is calm along the us's mid atlantic beaches but that's about to change earl is making himself known along the coast with rough water. he's turning huge rip tides. >> should it be necessary, we'll take protective mitigation efforts for the city as a whole. >> we'll adjust the swimmi
that with a guest from "the washington post." he also plans to meet with local families in richmond, virginia, and iowa, to talk about the economy, and do some more campaigning here at home and washington. on friday, a ceremony for justice elena kagan that the supreme court. speaking of the supreme court's newest justice, "usa today" reports that she first is -- faces the first supreme court test today. where with no law clerks are sectors present, to decide which cases to take up later how they should be resolved. and a first of the private sessions for the new term, which officially begins october 4, they will slip through thousands of appeals filed over the summer to decide which should be job -- granted hearings. the conference room is where all of the most and poor decisions of the most and poor decisions are made and they are made by the nine justices and no one else -- the most important decisions are made and they are made by the nine justices and no one else. many justices speak about how intimidating the first sessions can be. in hawaii justice anthony kennedy says the first confere
northeastwards towards the north carolina, virginia border including sounds and always evacuation ordered here for ocracoke and visitors on hatteras island and people here are keeping close eye on the path of the storm. >> i think everybody's concerned. you know, the storm is coming and it's big enough. if it gets a little farther west, hey, we could have some problems. >> it's just another storm. he said 20 years ago it was like that. so maybe we'll get lucky. >> but, tamron, the thing is you don't even need this to make landfall. hurricane force winds stretch out 90 miles from the center and tropical storm extend 200 miles from the center. we could still feel significant impacts. >> we just got a picture of president obama in a briefing with fema administrator craig fugate and they were talking about preparations being made in advance of hurricane earl. so, obviously, this storm is being discussed at the highest level at the white house as a precaution. >> and i actually spoke with craig fugate this morning on "wake up with al" this morning and i was very impress woued wi me. he said all the
supplies. also, virginia coast, also on hurricane watch now, the navy as well getting ready. they are moving a destroyer out to calmer waters right outer loop p trying to get out of earl's way. rob marciano is there for news virginia beach for us now. rob, tell us the best you can tell us about when it might get to where you are and other people are along the coast and are we talking about a direct hit just yet? >> well, that's a possibility. it has been possibility the whole time, t.j. what we have been hoping for really hasn't happened. we have been hoping for more easterly progression of the forecast track. it keeps getting shifted to the west ask that means that north carolina, virginia, and the delmarva, and the northeast haven't been taken out of that forecasting margin of error, cone of uncertainty. it is a possibility to get a direct hit. even if that major hurricane gets within 50 miles of the coastline, or 100 miles of the coastline, that's going to put some hurt on virginia and chesapeake bay area and certainly the outer banks which you mentioned has some evacuati
from the outer banks. virginia beach hit hard and maryland area and beaches in delaware seeing the strongest winds. the storm tracks off the coast for the most part. the heaviest winds and rain offshore and the big waves doing the damage along the coast and the pictures you will see. we have hurricane warnings up for areas of cape cod and the hurricane center thinks it's possible to make a direct impact out on the cape. it is looking more unlikely and still a hurricane warning so we have to wait until they drop that, maybe they'll do that at 11:00. as far as the waves go, 23-foot waves right now of virginia beach. that forecast track takes it parallel to the coast today. don't expect a big increase of the winds today in maryland and delaware. jersey area, long island seeing worse today and right off of cape cod later tonight. here's how it looks. as far as the storm goes, the center of the circles where it's located. heaviest of the rains along the jersey shore, new england 2:00 to 4:00 today and then the worst exiting jersey shore about 6:00. racing up the coast for cape cod,
is talking about health care in virginia, hoping to drum up a little support for a new plan six months after he signed it. here is the live picture right now, a backyard discussion in falls church, virginia. let's listen to the president. >> -- somebody who helped to champion the kinds of reforms and patients' rights we'll talk about here today, congressman jim moran is here. thank you so much, jim. [ applause ] and falls church mayor nade nader baruk i was just mentioning baruk means blessings in hebrew, one who is blessed and barack means the same thing so he and i, we're right there. and i know he feels blessed to be the mayor of this wonderful town. you know, when i came into office, obviously we were confronted with an historic crisis, the worst financial crisis since the great depression. we had lost 4 million jobs in the six months before i was sworn in, and we've lost almost 800,000 the month i was sworn in. obviously, the economy has been uppermost on our minds and i had to take a series of steps very quickly to make sure that we prevented the country from going into a second great
. now, any minute we're expecting him to talk about the economy in richmond, virginia. we will have that live when it happens. but true to recent and presidential campaign form, earlier today, he met with a family in des moines before holding another backyard gathering with their neighbors. and he went after the republicans as well as their pledge to america. >> you can't say you want to balance the budget, deal with our deficit, invest in our kids, and have a $700 billion tax cut that affects only 2% of the population. >> these events may be having an impact leading up to the november midterms. look at this. asked which party should control congress, 46% said republican. 43% said democrats. that's a six-point gain for democrats since august. cynthia tucker is with the "atlanta journal and constitution." it's good to see you. >> good afternoon, chris. >> were the rumors of a gop landslide in november premature? >> well, i think those polls were quite early and they -- they highlighted the most engaged voters, the angriest voters, the voters most likely at that point to turn out in t
of earl's arrival. north carolina could be hit harder than virginia. jay gray has the latest on storm preparations from kill devil hill. >> calm seas can't hide the concern as hurricane earl, a major storm continues to close in on the east coast. >> from north carolina, to maine, any of these areas could be impacted and getting people to record they need to get ready now. >> the current forecast track shows earl brushing the coast in the next couple of days. >> it doesn't have to make landfall to have very significant impact. >> north carolina outer banks will like lie be the first to feel the effects of earl. >> i think everybody is concerned. the locals are saying it is teasing us. so we're going to hang out and see what happens until they run us off the island, i
the coast of north carolina and virg virginia, but fortunately the eye is still about 85 miles offshore, earl with top winds of 105 miles per hour was downgraded to a category 2 from a 4 overnight. so far the storm surge has been minor. the flooding, we understand, is minimal. >> cape cod and nantucket are still in its sights and expected to get hurricane force winds later today. >> we've got this storm covered all up and down the east coast this morning. let's start with al roker in kill devil hills on the outer banks of north carolina. al, good morning. what's going on? >> hey, guys, i tell you, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurrica
, with hurricane watches for north carolina and virginia. evacuations are under way in north carolina this morning. sam is there. and we'll have the very latest for us this morning. >> it moved a little east overnight. still a serious threat. >>> our other top story, the president's address from his new oval office last night. saying after seven years of war in iraq, it's time to turn the page and focus on fixing our economy at home. the official handover ceremony takes place in baghdad today. 50,000 troops will remain in iraq. nearly 100,000 in afghanistan. we'll speak with the vice president about what comes next. >>> and a stunning end to the alaska senate race. republican lisa murkowski concedes the race to joe miller, in what may be one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 election. >> the tea party showing so much strength in the republican primaries. >>> we want to get straight to hurricane earl. it's been almost 20 years since a storm this massive threatens such a large portion of the east coast. our team is portioned across the storm path. and we start with sam in north carolina. >> good mor
, virginia and maryland. and social security checks have even been mailed early to recipients in ten states. >> right now, the category 4 storm is 400 miles across. it actually picked up speed overnight. it's expected to reach the north carolina coast later today. and that's where emily schmidt is now tracking the latest conditions. what's it like right now, emily? >> reporter: rob and mike, you look at the skies right now. they're clear. you can easily see the stars and the moon. you look behind me at the sea and you can tell there's not much of a breeze. we know the winds will pick up. so, too, will be pace of preparations. you want proof of that? i got it right here. our hotel delivered this letter to everyone. it says there's a mandatory evacuation for tourists on this island. it begins in less than an hour. this is the eye of hurricane earl. an area of calm in the midst of what is a monster category 4 storm. it's threatening more of the east coast than any hurricane in nearly 20 years. >> he's on the way. >> reporter: and that means people are on their way out. >> they won't let us sta
. the governor of virginia plans to declare a state of emergency in his state later today. >>> and even a slight change in the storm's track could make an enormous difference. >> with the latest on the path, we're joined by accuweather's jeanette calle. hi, jeannette. >> good morning, rob and mike. we're keeping an eye on earl, which is a major hurricane. it is continuing to track to the northwest at about 14 miles per hour. it is north of his pan nola. but is it going to run east of the bahamas. there is a tropical storm warning in effect for the turks and caicos islands. behind earl, we have fiona, which is moving westward, set to impact the leeward islands today, with tropical storm force winds and rainfall. here's the forecast eye path with hurricane earl. it's going to be approaching the southeast coast throughout the day today. so, expect to see dangerous rip currents, anywhere from coastal florida to coastal areas of south carolina. a hurricane watch was issued for those areas north of surf city, north carolina, into the north carolina/virginia border. and it's going to make its closest a
. it was later in september that year when hurricane isabel took aim at the mid-atlantic. she blasted virginia beach towns before moving inland and weakening to a tropical storm. normally that would be a good thing but not considering the size of the storm. even though it's center was moving across western maryland and pennsylvania, its circulation was pushing water back up the bay causing epic flooding, from annapolis to downtown baltimore. people were wading or paddling just to try to get around. >>> now we want you to know that you can get the latest on earl's path on our website, abc2news.com. we're going to have up-to-the-minute forecasts and the latest updates from everyone that earl has an impact. state with abc 2 news throughout the week. we'll have live team coverage starting thursday until after earl has passed us by. >>> in other news tonight, baltimore city police and firefighter unions are sounding the alarm or pension dispute. the unions are holding rallies including one tonight downtown. members say they'll continue to protect baltimore even if city officials, in their words, ha
, chuck. >>> up next, why is a democrat with a 70% job approval rating going negative in the west virginia senator's race? >>> and attention political junkies. do you recognize this ad? well, the players may be different but the candidate behind it hoping it will have the same impact. it's a north carolina senate race. >>> but first, our "washington speak." open source, believe it or not, intelligence officials are not always operating in secret. they often look at open source information. what is it? it's information that is available to the public. like from newspapers or the internet. in the news today, as we told you, the fbi warning that extremists could retall yit against the organizers of saturday's planned koran burning. the fbi says the information is based on open sources. it also means chat rooms, they monitor everything. anyway, if you have "washington speak" to clarify, send us an open source e-mail today. [ animals calling ] ♪ [ pop ] [ man ] ♪ well, we get along ♪ yeah, we really do - ♪ and there's nothing wrong - [ bird squawks ] ♪ with what i feel for you ♪ i c
in virginia for examination. the blast killed 8 people and destroyed numerous homes. a fifth person has been charged with posing as a victim of that pipeline explosion in order to get help. 51-year-old daniel stansbury of los altos has pled not guilty to seven charges including identity theft and falsely claiming aid. prosecutors say he went to a resource center for blast victims used a false name and said he lived in the crestmoor neighborhood. he then allegedly accepted more than $2,000 in gift cards. prosecutors also say he spent nine nights in hilton hotels paid for by pg&e. >>> the off again on again execution is now off again and it will be for some time. albert greenwood brown was scheduled to be put to death tonight. it would have been california's first execution in nearly five years. but the state supreme court denied a request by the state to begin using new procedures for lethal injection. now the state won't be able to execute brown until 2011 because california's supply of lethal injection drugs expires tomorrow. a new supply won't arrive until next year. >>> a bay area mom is
in virginia today about some important parts of health care reform that kick in tomorrow. >> number one, paul already mentioned, the issue of lifetime limits. that is not going to be the rule anymore after tomorrow. number two, pre-existing conditions for children. number three, we are going to make sure that if young people don't have health insurance through their employer, that they can stay on their parents' health insurance up the age of 26. number four, you're going to be able to choose your doctor and not have to go through some network in an emergency situation. >> well, apparently that is not all true. item two, health care could have aren't for children with pre-existing conditions has now hit a snag. some major health insurance companies have chosen to stop selling children-only policies in states like california, illinois, florida and connecticut. is there anything lawmakers can do to fix that snag? congresswoman loretta sanchez, democratic, california, joins us from capitol hill. congresswoman, you know, the biggest selling point to the middle class, it is fair to say, not just t
along the east coast it is now a big game of wait and see for hurricane earl. the governor of virginia is set to declare a state of emergency in his state today. and in north carolina, hundreds of residents living on the outer banks have been ordered to evacuate as the cat 4 storm approaches. the governor gave this warning to residents. >> any person who lives on the coast of north carolina, or any person who has reason to think the storm track might go over their house, ought to go out and gather up those supplies, put them in that water-tight box. it doesn't cost a lot to buy batteries and snacks and water to get through three or four days. medicine if you need it. evacuation plans if the worst should happen. but only we can take care of ourselves. we have all of the players from the most remote part of north carolina to the most urban part all on ready. we're set. and when the hurricane hits we can go. >> tense days ahead for those folks. not since hurricane bob in 1991 has such a powerful storm had such a large swath of the east coast in its sights. that's according to the national
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